Members of NHMR joined over 2,500 REALTORS® from across the state at a Rally in Bushnell Park asking our State Legislators to leave politics at the door and come together to bring growth and jobs to Connecticut.
“The theme of the day is ‘We sell Connecticut’,” said Carolyn Augur of Milford, President of the New Haven Middlesex Association of Realtors. “We need our legislators to give us a Connecticut to sell.” Augur was part of a large contingent of NHMR Members that made the trip to Hartford.
The event was organized by the Connecticut Association of Realtors to send a message to state lawmakers who are at a crucial point in our state’s budget discussions – and encourage them to make the tough decisions and give us a Connecticut that is attractive to businesses and keeps homeownership affordable for residents.
UConn Women’s Head Basketball Coach Geno Auriemma gave the keynote address stating to the Realtors and the invited legislators, ““You are in the recruiting business. You need to give them a reason to pick you.”
CT Realtors President and NHMR Member Michael Barbaro told the Realtors and the invited legislators, who included House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz of Berlin, Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff of Norwalk, House Majority Leader Matt Ritter of Hartford, and House Minority Leader Themis Klarides of Derby — that Connecticut needs to be as successful recruiting businesses as Auriemma is recruiting players.
“We are asking them to come together and leave politics at the door,” said Barbaro. “Growth is the only thing that can bring us out of where we are today.”
Many of the Realtors in the audience held up signs echoing the event’s themes, which were: business growth, creating new jobs, and cutting state spending.